In alignment with national best practice from the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, Residential Life uses the acronym SOYE in short for the Sophomore Year Experience.

We identified four larger stressors that each student at Macalester moves through during their Sophomore-Year Experience. These are in order of how they most often show up during the year, starting with one at the beginning of the first semester, the middle to end of the first semester, the beginning of the second semester, and middle to end of the second semester. Residential Life aims to support students during these important moments of their Sophomore-Year.

  • Major
    • Each student will complete the process of deciding a major and formally apply for major selection in their appropriate department. Additionally, each student will develop a plan for how their future Macalester plans should be shaped with their major in mind.
  • Study Away
    • Each student will consider what a Study Away experience may look like for them by signing up for an individual advising appointment and/or attending an information session.
  • Housing
    • Each student will be informed about on campus living options through Room Draw and decide, if they are interested in living off campus, where and who they will live with.
  • Career Exploration
    • Each student will learn about and utilize resources offered through Career Exploration that may include the MacExplore program, cover letter and resume writing workshops, and internship preparation.

Many offices work to support the work of the Sophomore Year Experience. If campus partners are interested in collaborating with Residential Life on partnerships in the residence halls, contact Kyle Flowers, Associate Director of Residential Life – First-Year & Sophomore-Year Experience.